Hamilton woman opens home to local children

Posted on 11 Feb 2015

Hamilton local Sallyanne Dymke always knew she wanted to give back to her local community and had always loved working with kids. So, only six months ago, she became a foster carer.

Sally is urging more people to break the mould and consider foster caring with MacKillop Family Services in 2015.

“It’s a privilege to care for these young people,” Sally says. “Being able to help kids who, through no fault of their own, have been handed a difficult and often traumatic life – it’s an incredible feeling.”

Sally is a busy woman, working full time as a supervisor at the local school girls’ boarding house, and also working part time teach flute, clarinet and saxophone. Sally has previously sung with the Channel Nine Christmas Carols and played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Rod Laver Arena. Despite her busy lifestyle, she has still found time to dedicate more to young people in need.

 “Being just a small ray of sunshine by being kind and doing something for them gives you a pretty good feeling inside,” she says. “Fostering is a simply way to make someone else’s life a little better.”

“It is something that single people, married people, any people can do! I would highly recommend it to single people or families that have a little extra love to give and are looking for something to do that will make a difference in someone else’s life.”

There is currently an urgent need for more foster carers across Hamilton and the greater Barwon south west region, with many local kids being placed in inappropriate accommodation as a result.

Like Sally, there’s no stereotype when it comes to helping kids. You can work full-time and have a family of your own.

MacKillop foster carers have varied backgrounds, lifestyles and family situations. But all share a passion for improving the lives of children and young people.

MacKillop provides all foster carers with ongoing support, training and regular breaks.

To find out more about becoming a MacKillop foster carer please call 1300 791 677 or visit mackillop.org.au/fostercare.

For enquiries please contact:
Nora Gordon, Community Relations
M: 0428 165 380
E: nora.gordon@mackillop.org.au